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Bonus Project: LED Message Scrolling

Bonus Project: LED Message Scrolling

Use an LED matrix to create scrolling messages! What You'll Learn When you are finished with this project, you'll be able to: Build a circuit using an 8x8 LED matrix Code messages for your LED matrix to display What You'll Need To complete this project, you'll need...

Bonus Project:  Morse Code Interpreter

Bonus Project: Morse Code Interpreter

Learn Morse code while you build and code a circuit that sends and interprets Morse code signals.   What You'll Learn When you are finished with this project, you'll be able to: Send messages using morse code Right code to interpret button signals into morse code...

Profiles in STEM: Katherine Johnson

Profiles in STEM: Katherine Johnson

This week, we're celebrating the life and work of one of the most important women in modern science. Before she helped send the first astronauts to the moon, won the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and became the subject of an award-winning film, Katherine Johnson was...

5 Ways to Celebrate Pi Day

5 Ways to Celebrate Pi Day

Pi Day is Thursday, March 14! Check out our History of Pi article, and celebrate the day with these great activities: Make a Pi bracelet! Buy small beads in 10 colors, and some string.  Let each color represent the digits from 0 to 9. String your beads in the order of...

A Brief History of Pi

A Brief History of Pi

While there's a "food holiday" for just about everything you love to eat, it turns out there are actually two separate days every year when people come together to celebrate pie: National Pie Day on January 23 and Pi Day on March 14. As you can imagine, it's easy to...

Get Kids Coding for Free

Get Kids Coding for Free

Learning to code teaches kids valuable skills. Kids who learn to code will be prepared with the tools they need for the jobs of the future, while they hone their creative thinking skills and learn persistence, systematic reasoning, and collaboration. While most...

Why Kids Should Learn to Code

Why Kids Should Learn to Code

Most Americans love their laptops, tablets, and smart phones, but according to a recent study by the  Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)  few Americans know much about how their favorite technologies work. When it comes to using...

What is a microcontroller?

What is a microcontroller?

All of our MakeCrate electronics subscription kits use an Arduino microcontroller as well as a variety of digital and analog sensors and displays to create nightlights, calculators, room alarms, and more. Because the microcontroller is a fundamental part of every...

Circuit Basics:  Electricity Flow

Circuit Basics: Electricity Flow

Transcript: Let's take a look at the steps required to build a circuit that allows electricity to flow correctly. In each of the projects that we build at MakeCrate, we start by connecting a wire to the 5V connection on our Arduino to our breadboard, and then...

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